What are patient goals after an anterior colporrhaphy operation?

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OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to describe patient-reported goals after an anterior colporrhaphy operation for anterior vaginal wall prolapse, the fulfilment of goals, and the correlation with subjective patient-reported outcomes.

STUDY DESIGN: A prospective study involving 100 women. Preoperatively, patients completed three modified questions from the International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire - Vaginal Symptoms (ICIQ-VS) named ICIQ-VS short form (ICIQ-VS SF) and stated three goals for the operation. A telephone interview was performed 3 months postoperatively.

RESULTS: A Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) score from one to 10 estimated the extent to which goals were achieved. Goals were divided into eight groups: 1: mechanical symptoms (bulging), 2: voiding symptoms, 3: quality of life (physical), 4: quality of life (emotional), 5: avoidance of urinary tract infection, 6: cure of incontinence, 7: sexual function and 8: others. ICIQ-VS SF preoperatively was mean 13.6 and postoperatively mean 1.7 (p<0.001). A total of 276 goals were stated, 63.4% of the goals were fulfilled with a VAS score of 10. The majority of the goals (27%) were in group 1 concerning symptoms of bulging. Mean VAS score for all goals was 8.6 (SD 2.5). Group 1 concerning mechanical symptoms of bulging had most goals fulfilled with a VAS of 10 (76%), and group 6 concerning cure of incontinence had fewest goals fulfilled with a VAS of 10 (31%). Forty patients (40%) fulfilled all their goals.

CONCLUSIONS: Patient-described goal achievement was high. The majority of the fulfilled goals concerned mechanical symptoms of bulging, and goals concerning incontinence were the least fulfilled.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Pages (from-to)208-211
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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